Last Lecture

Ran across an inspiring video the other day of Randy Pausch, former professor at Carnegie Mellon, whose "last lecture" (filmed before a packed auditorium at the University on September 18, 2007) has been viewed on the internet nearly 9 million times! What's interesting is that I just found out that Randy moved his family from PA to my backyard (Chesapeake, VA) before he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008. I watched his last lecture titled "Achieving your Childhood Dreams" over the course of the last two days and was inspired myself by his challenge to the students and faculty he called friends.

Here is the video:

Very inspiring. I couldn't help but think about what my "last lecture" or "message" would be after watching his final words. I was also very moved by his joy and positive outlook knowing that within a few months he would be in heaven.

Randy was most noted for his contributions to the Virtual Worlds' programs, including Alice, which is enhancing computer programming education at Carnegie Mellon and beyond.

Watch the video of his memorial service on September 22, 2008.
Click here to visit his personal site.

On February 4th a small dedication ceremony was held at the "Mad Tea Party"attraction at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Randy's honor. A tribute plaque was unveiled with a quote by Pausch. The quote reads; "Be good at something; It makes you valuable... Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome." ((This is so special because one of Randy's childhood dreams was to be an imagineer for Disney.))

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1 Responses to “Last Lecture”

  1. # Blogger C. Randall Waters

    I saw this video last spring and its very inspiring. There is also a book of The Last Lecture. Its a pretty good read. Nice, short and to the point.  

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